Category: ecological time

The deep time of language

Back in 2005, I wrote a work called ‘Mother Tongue’ for soprano Piia Komsi & ensemble commissioned by the Festival d’Automne à Paris, Ensemble Intercontemporain and ELISION. The work sets poems by Patricia Sykes about the ecology of languages and knowledge, and the fragility of particular knowings in the face of language loss. There is ...

Extinction Events & Dawn Chorus

    [sketches fr. Extinction Events & Dawn Chorus]   Liza Lim: Extinction Events and Dawn Chorus (2017) Work commissioned for Klangforum Wien by Wittenertage für Neue Kammermusik & with the support of the APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund (Australia). Premiere: 29 April 2018, Witten & 7 May 2018, Vienna for flute/piccolo, oboe, clarinet/bass clarinet, bassoon/contrabassoon, trumpet, ...

Miscellany: recent music & talks

I gave a keynote talk for a conference at Sydney Conservatorium of Music in September called ‘How to make a woodblock sing (using composition to experiment with thought)’. Eugene Ughetti performed the said woodblock piece, a 15 minute solo called ‘An Elemental Thing’ (2017) and the video is set to start at that point in ...

Time, possession & ventriloquism in my operas

I recently participated in a very stimulating workshop on opera, ‘Sound & Story’, convened by the composer Hans Thomalla and held at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, 28-29 June 2017. Here’s my talk text (long read – who knew that the scroll format would come back into vogue after all these centuries…) The Future-present-past voice: possession ...